Saturday, 31 March 2018
I'll Be Playing Concerts In The Mud
Periodically it's good to remember this 2014 song from the combined talents of Frank Ocean, Diplo, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones. Put together as something to do with Converse it goes way beyond a cheap commercial tie in. Mick's shimmering guitar part and Diplo's beats are the perfect accompaniment to Frank Ocean's meditation on being a young black man in the USA- 'I'm a badboy, I'm a punk'. The West Los Angeles Children's Choir join in and lift it further upwards. I don't think all four were ever present in the same room at the same time- Frank's vocals were done elsewhere, at a different time- but it doesn't show or matter. At the time there was talk of other tracks Mick and Paul put down with Diplo but it doesn't look like anything came of them, so this is all we have. The only real disappointment is that it's all over in under three minutes.